CENTENARIAN SELFIE-LOVER IN YUNNAN BECOMES ONLINE SENSATION

Recently a 103-year-old woman named Li Yaying from Shidian County, Yunnan province attracted attention from the public thanks to her affinity for selfies. The fashionable pictures she took have taken the Internet by storm.

According to Luo Shaowei, Li’s youngest son, the elderly woman is quite curious about new technologies. She always asks her grandchildren to show her videos on their mobile phones when they visit. One day, Li started taking pictures of herself using the selfie stick her grandchild had brought.

“My mom is more fashionable than I am!” Luo remarked.

Li’s health has always been good, said Luo, adding that she even did farm work in her nineties, despite the family’s opposition. Luo explained that his mother worked hard raising her children, so she is not used to an idle lifestyle.

The secret to Li’s longevity is her healthy lifestyle, according to Luo, who explained that his mother usually has two light meals per day, consisting of vegetables that she grows herself.In addition, she always goes to sleep at 9:00 p.m. and get up at 9:00 a.m., leading a disciplined and well-rested life.

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SHANGHAI’S FIRST ROOF STADIUM TO OPEN IN 2017

A full-sized stadium is going to be built on the roof of Jing’an Stadium in downtown Shanghai. This new roof stadium, which will be 16,253 square meters, will host both formal soccer matches and training sessions.

Jing’an Stadium covers an area of 61,733.8 square meters, and its total construction area is 87,544 square meters (including the roof stadium). Specifically, the ground floor is 44,880 square meters, which includes a 5,600-seat multifunctional gymnasium as well as the roof stadium.

The multifunctional gymnasium houses two basketball courts, two volleyball courts, four tennis courts, 16 table tennis courts, 20 badminton courts and a natatorium. The roof stadium, constructed on top of the gymnasium, contains six tracks and a standard soccer field with 750 seats. The underground area is 26,410 square meters, including a garage for 410 vehicles.

Jing’an Stadium is mainly used for competitions, training and fitness. According to the Jing’an Sports Administration, they aim to create at least 10 new public playgrounds, 10 fitness tracks and several fitness clubs during the 13th Five-Year Plan period.

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NSG LAUNCHES TWO-STEP INTERGOVERNMENTAL PROCESS TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE OF NON-NPT STATES’ PARTICIPATION

On November 11, the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) convened a meeting, under the Chairmanship of Republic of Korea, in Vienna to discuss “Technical, Legal and Political Aspects of Non-NPT States’ Participation in the NSG”, in accordance with the mandate adopted by the Seoul Plenary in June this year. Ambassador Wang Qun, Director-General of Arms Control Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China headed the Chinese delegation to the meeting.

This is the first time, not only since the Seoul Plenary, but also since the NSG’s inception in 1975, for the Group to formally take up the issue of non-NPT states’ participation in an open and transparent manner. The meeting had debriefings from relevant countries including China as well as from the former Chair of the Group on their respective papers submitted to the Group The Participating Governments offered their observations on the key issues dealt with in the above papers as they pertain to the issue of technical, legal and political aspects of non-NPT states’ participation in the NSG. The Chinese delegation participated in the meeting in a constructive manner and contributed its substantive inputs.

China believes that, the above meeting marks a good beginning of the two-step inter-governmental process launched by the Group. China supports the continuation of this open and transparent inter-governmental process, in accordance with relevant rules of the Group, and to ensure a solid first step taken towards an early formula on the above issue, so that the Group can proceed to the second step of taking up country specific membership application by non-NPT states at an early date. To this end, China maintains that, any formula worked out should be non-discriminatory and applicable to all non-NPT states; without prejudice to the core value of the NSG and the effectiveness, authority and integrity of the international non-proliferation regime with the NPT as its cornerstone; and without contradicting the customary international law in the field of non-proliferation.

China is ready to work with all parties to promote early progress by the Group in this regard.

(This article is published on the official website of Chinese Foreign Ministry)

ASSISTANT FOREIGN MINISTER KONG XUANYOU ATTENDS INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR ON EAST ASIAN CIVILIZATIONS EXCHANGE

On November 10, 2016, the International Seminar on East Asian Civilizations Exchange was held at Beijing Normal University (BNU). Assistant Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou attended the seminar and delivered a speech.

Kong Xuanyou said that the major initiative of the Conference for Dialogue among Asian Civilizations proposed by President Xi Jinping at the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia Summit in 2014 and the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2015 embodies the great importance Chinese leaders have attached to exchanges among Asian civilizations as well as their unremitting efforts in exploring a bright future of mankind. At present, the world is far from peaceful and tranquil, and there are still conflicts and disputes. While pride and prejudice still exist, the clash of civilizations, western-centrism and threat theories that target specific countries and civilizations keep emerging. With generally stable situation and growing economies, Asia is a universally-recognized highland for development. The region should offer Asian proposals to resolve conflicts and bridge differences and contribute Asian wisdom to world peace and human progress.

Kong Xuanyou expressed that as a country with ancient civilization in Asia, China has formed a value featuring benevolence, righteousness, concordance and great harmony as well as the sentiment of benefiting the whole world from its five thousand years of history. China is willing to, together with all Asian countries, deepen civilization dialogues, promote mutual understanding and advance friendly feelings, so as to achieve common development and constantly inject positive energy into the harmony and progress of Asian civilizations.

The seminar was co-hosted by Nishan Forum on World Civilizations Organizing Committee and BNU Institute for Advanced Study of the Humanities and Religion. Former Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress and President of Nishan Forum on World Civilizations Organizing Committee Xu Jialu delivered a keynote speech. More than 30 scholars from over 10 countries and regions, including China, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mongolia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, the Philippines, Malaysia, India and Sri Lanka, attended the seminar, during which they made in-depth discussions on multiplex symbiosis of East Asian civilizations, East Asian civilizations and development, the Chinese civilization and other topics.

(This article is published on the official website of Chinese Foreign Ministry)

THE 27TH CHINA-US JOINT COMMISSION ON COMMERCE AND TRADE TO BE HELD IN US

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang announces:

Upon agreement between China and the US, the 27th China-US Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade will be held in Washington from November 21 to 23. Vice Premier Wang Yang, US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and US Trade Representative Michael Froman will co-chair the meeting, and they will be joined by US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. The two sides will exchange in-depth views on implementing the consensus reached by two heads of state and major economic and trade issues of respective concern, and discuss ways to expand mutually beneficial cooperation.

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WANG YI TO VISIT UZBEKISTAN AND HOLD THE 1ST MEETING OF CHINA-TURKEY FOREIGN MINISTERS’ CONSULTATION MECHANISM IN TURKEY

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang announces:

At the invitation of Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov of the Republic of Uzbekistan and Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu of the Republic of Turkey, Foreign Minister Wang Yi will pay an official visit to Uzbekistan and travel to Turkey for the first meeting of the China-Turkey foreign ministers’ consultation mechanism from November 12 to 14.

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MA KAI AND CHANCELLOR OF THE EXCHEQUER PHILIP HAMMOND OF THE UK CO-CHAIR THE EIGHTH CHINA-UK ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL DIALOGUE

On November 10, 2016 local time, Vice Premier Ma Kai and Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond of the UK co-chaired the eighth China-UK Economic and Financial Dialogue in London. The two sides conducted candid and in-depth discussions on such topics as macroeconomic situation and policy, trade and investment and market access, the development of financial services and financial market, infrastructure and industrial strategies, achieving 63 outcomes.

Ma Kai said that both China and the UK are of important global influence in today’s world. The meeting between leaders of both countries in Hangzhou this September reaffirmed the general direction of the “golden era” of China-UK relations, charting the course for deepening bilateral relations and practical cooperation in economy and trade in the next period.

Ma Kai pointed out that China-UK Economic and Financial Dialogue is a high-level mechanism that leads the economic and financial cooperation between the two countries and plays an irreplaceable role in deepening strategic communication, promoting comprehensive cooperation and enhancing bilateral and multi-lateral coordination between both sides. As the first inter-governmental high-level dialogue between China and the UK after the Hangzhou meeting of leaders from both countries, and the first economic and financial dialogue after the establishment of the new UK government, this dialogue shoulders the missions of fulfilling the important consensus and achievements reached by leaders of both countries and making plans for bilateral pragmatic cooperation in economy and trade in the next stage, as well as exerts great significance of inheriting the past and opening up the future.

Ma Kai emphasized that this year is the first year of the “golden era” of China-UK relationship, and next year will mark the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, which is a new beginning for bilateral economic cooperation. China is willing to deepen cooperation with the new UK government, and continue to give play to the important leading role of the dialogue, so as to elevate China-UK global comprehensive strategic partnership in the 21st century to a new level.

Philip Hammond said that President Xi Jinping’s successful visit to the UK last October marks that UK-China relations have entered into a “golden era”. The UK side congratulates China on successfully hosting the G20 Hangzhou Summit. Close cooperation between both sides under the G20 framework has responded effectively to a variety of risks and challenges. In recent years, bilateral trade has witnessed steady growth and the UK has attracted the most investment from China among all European countries, which fully demonstrates the strong vitality of bilateral cooperation. The UK and China are natural cooperation partners of mutual benefit and win-win results. Committed to obtaining more benefits from the global comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries, the UK side is willing to further promote the sustained development of the “golden era” of UK-China relations.

The two sides agreed to further advance the strategic alignment between regional development plans of the UK and the “Belt and Road” initiative as well as between the “Strategy of UK Industry 2050” and “Made in China 2025”, improve the level of investment and trade cooperation, deepen cooperation in civil nuclear power, high-speed railway and aerospace projects by taking the Hinkley Point Project as an opportunity, boost the normalization of financial service cooperation, strengthen communication in financial supervision, develop cooperation in new fields including green finance, inclusive finance and financial science and technology, actively explore third-party market cooperation, strengthen communication and coordination in international affairs and macroeconomic policies and jointly well implement outcomes from the Hangzhou Summit to promote the robust, sustainable, balanced and inclusive growth of the world economy.

On the same day, Ma Kai and Philip Hammond also jointly met the press and attended China-UK Financial Service Summit.

(This article is published on the official website of Chinese Foreign Ministry)

MA KAI MEETS WITH DUKE OF YORK PRINCE ANDREW OF THE UK

On November 10, 2016 local time, Vice Premier Ma Kai met in London with Duke of York Prince Andrew of the UK.

Ma Kai told Prince Andrew that during your meeting with President Xi Jinping this April in Beijing, both sides agreed to enhance all-round communication and cooperation so as to better benefit the two countries and the two peoples. Not long ago, you visited China again and proposed to further advance bilateral relations, which China appreciates. President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed the general direction of the “golden era” of bilateral relations when they met in Hangzhou this September. In spite of increasing uncertainty and instability in current world situation, China-UK relations have maintained such direction, enabling the world to be more confident in bilateral relations. It is hoped that you can continue to support the development of bilateral global comprehensive strategic partnership in the 21st century.

Prince Andrew noted that since the successful visit of President Xi Jinping to the UK last October, UK-China relations have been constantly strengthened. As a reliable cooperation partner of China, the UK is willing to open market to the Chinese side and further enhance cooperation with China in such areas as innovation, technology and science, finance, capital and third-party markets. Prince Andrew himself is willing to play a role in promoting UK-China relations and cooperation in various fields for greater progress.

Ma Kai also introduced the situation and outcomes of the eighth China-UK Economic and Financial Dialogue.

(This article is published on the official website of Chinese Foreign Ministry)

CHINESE INVESTORS TRICKED INTO BUYING OVERPRICED HOUSES IN AMERICA

As more and more Chinese people are purchasing overseas properties, an increasing number of opportunistic realtors are swindling them in the process. Recently, a woman surnamed Yang bought a house in Houston, Texas through a U.S. property agent. She went through with the transaction, only to discover that the property she owned was worthless than $20,000, though she bought it for $53,000.

Yang purchased a 95.41-square-meter condo in a community called Oakwood Gardens in June 2013. After several years, she was agitated to discover that Premier Capital Limited,the agency that represented Oakwood Gardens, had been hiding the truth from Yang and other – mainly Chinese – property owners in the community.

Yang invested in the condo in the hope that money earned from renting it out could go toward other investments. She also wanted to save it as a place to spend the holidays after her retirement. Yang did successfully rent it out, also through the agency, and rent payments arrived regularly for the first two years. However, the payments stopped coming in July 2015. At that time, Yang also received notice that if she didn’t pay a property management fee of $7,300 before Nov. 1, 2016, the property would be legally foreclosed.

Yang’s friend, surnamed Shen, had also bought properties from this agency, so Yang asked Shen to visit her house in May. Shen found that the most of the community’s tenants are either convicts or low-income earners. Shen also learned from the local property management company that only 20 percent of the condos in the community were cleared for rental, but the agency sold 74 percent of them in a clear violation of the regulation.

Eventually, Yang’s house was appraised at about $10,000. Considering the big gap between how much Yang actually paid and the market price, there is little question of the source of Yang’s two years of rent checks. And almost without question, the extra money was pocketed by Premier Capital Limited.

(This article is published on People’s Daily Online)